Ms Layne Mayard

Ms Layne Mayard

PhD Student

Summary: Analysis of Tibetan Buddhism and its relationship to the environment

After several years of teaching world languages at various international schools, Layne decided to pursue her personal interest in Buddhism at an academic level.  In 2009 she completed a Master's Degree at the University of Sunderland.  Her dissertation focussed on the Bodhisatta Ideal in Theravada Buddhism.  Her degree also placed special emphasis on Pali language.

Layne is now pursuing her doctorate research degree in the area of Tibetan Buddhism.  She has been funded through the Graduate Teaching Assistantship offered by the department of Theology and Religious Studies.

Her current research focuses on the relationship of Tibetan Buddhism to the environment.  Part of her studies will also examine the close relationship of Buddhist practices to the effectiveness of research on the same tradition.  In addition, she studies both colloquial and classical Tibetan language.  They are an indispensible part of her investigations of the oral history of the Pemakö and translation of terma texts not yet rendered into Western languages.

Areas of research interest:     

Buddhism’s relationship to the natural environment                                                                                   

Hidden lands i.e. bäyul in Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhist practices for effective research

Terma and predictions concerning the future of the natural environment

Buddhist Forest Tradition

Development of the Mahayana and the Bodhisattva Ideal

Phowa and the transference of consciousness at the time of death

Graduate Teaching:

Key Texts - The Dhammacakkapavattana

Religion in Modern Britain

Religion and Society 

Tibetan Buddhism - Tantra and Karma

Presentations and Guest Lectures:

University of York, York, UK:  International Water Disputes

All Saints Academy, Florida, USA:  Buddhism and Territorial Disputes

University of Leeds, Leeds, UK: CRPL Research Seminar - Mandala as a methodological framework in Tibetan Buddhist Studies


University of Kentucky, Kentucky, USA:  Dimensions of Political Ecology - Hydroelectric dam construction, international border disputes and environmental transformation of the Buddhist hidden land known as the Pemako: A research synthesis and discussion 

Asia-Pacific Peace Research Association, Kathmandu, Nepal: Pathways towards just peace, reinventing security, justice and democracy in Asia-Pacific - Species conservation in the Pemako


The Tibet Post International: Preservation of the hidden land known as the Pemako - does it matter?


Dr Emma Tomalin

Dr Mikel Burley